A character mentioned in Love Makes Whole, a collection of short stories set after the novel, The Sundered.


This kind of ruins the whole book.

Don’t read on unless you’ve read The Sundered.

Seriously. I suggest you don’t do it.


Yes, this is the second warning. I’m so serious. If you haven’t read The Sundered, stop now.

Motherwater is the mother of the Sundered Ones. Whether she is one herself is a matter of debate.

She is sentient, without question, but her pattern of thought and emotions are so far removed from anything human that it’s nearly impossible to communicate with her. Constant contact with her children, the Sundered Ones, is absolute. She’s one with them, and yet distinct, at the same time.

She was ticked off when the humans landed on her world, though she didn’t have a reason to be just yet. It was mother-bear instinct, responding to a new thing around her offspring. Killing humans on contact simply made sense.

The Sundered Ones prevented deaths initially, for the record. It wasn’t until Jason Iskinder turned on The Hope that they stopped trying to protect mortals from Motherwater’s wrathful touch.

Whether she will ever allow Harry to touch her without trying to kill him is still undecided. Gorish hopes so; Aakesh hopes so. Bakura just wants Harry dead, so that doesn’t count. Regardless, if that forgiveness ever does come, it’s going to be a long, long time from now.

The most important thing to know is this: Motherwater, unlike an ordinary planet, is not limited to her orbit around her sun.

She can move.

And she is.

Let’s just say she intends to guarantee nothing like the invasion of The Hope and its human enemies ever happens again. ( And oh, hey, look – there’s a bunch of short stories about it!)

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